Julie & Julia, the movie: C’est magnifique!

Yesterday, while the Bistro was closed, we went out to see the movie Julie & Julia. If you haven’t seen it yet, we think you definitely should (complimentary dessert or not)! We enjoyed this parallel look at the lives of two women in need of a fresh project in life: Julie Powell in 2002 and Julia Child in France in the 1940s and ’50s. We think Meryl Streep’s characterization especially captures that special joie de vivre possessed by Julia as she tried to find a way to share her passion for French cuisine with Americans.

Mushroom Soup for 50…

Today, as you may know, we are stirring up a big batch of Julia’s Cream of Mushroom Soup recipe. We’ll be making 12 quarts, or about 50 servings, rich with white button mushrooms, egg yolks, onions, whipping cream and — you guessed it — plenty of butter.

When you try it tonight, look for the same qualities we look for in the finished product: a creamy, silky texture; a rich mushroom flavor; a mild acidity with a buttery finish; and a sense of “earthiness.” Let us know whether we’ve hit the spot.

Also, if you’ve seen Julie & Julia, we’re curious to know what you thought of it. Vote below!


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